Michael Grunwald @MikeGrunwald Senior writer, @POLITICOMag. Editor-at-large, The Agenda. Author of The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era. Aug. 03, 2019 1 min read

This @nytimes idiocy has inspired me to suggest a few rules for wonks and others on When It’s Cool to Criticize Activists. So...thread. 1

It’s fine when activists abuse facts. But I don’t think @GretaThunberg does. And the @nytimes guy seems ignorant of basic climate facts. 2

Also, activists shouldn’t draw a false equivalence between pols that hurt their cause and pols that in their opinion don’t help enough. 3

Of course activists can demand more of allies. That’s what activists do! But conflating allies and enemies is fair game for criticism. 4

Needless to say, activists shouldn’t be violent. Violence is bad. 5

Civil disobedience isn’t necessarily bad, but if activists hold up traffic it’s fair game for people to complain about the inconvenience. 6

BUT: A lot of criticism of activists is really silly. And most of that criticism falls into two categories. 7

It is mega-dumb to attack activists for making unrealistic demands. Activists who make realistic demands are probably doing it wrong. 8

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